A FAMILY who stopped at a service station in Spain for a break and drove off did not notice they had left their 10-year-old child behind until police stopped them 200 kilometres away.
The boy had been rescued when a lorry driver spotted him walking along the busy A-1 road lost and disorientated.
The kindly driver stopped, picked up the boy for his own safety and drove him to the next services where he alerted Spain’s Guardia Civil police force.
A Guardia Civil spokesman explained that on December 18 at around 6.15 am, a car with French plates carrying a family of Maghrebi origin resident in France and on its way to Morocco stopped at a service area in Madrigalejo del Monte (Burgos), on the A-1, towards Madrid.
The father got out of the vehicle for a break, without realising that his son had done the same. He drove off moments later, leaving the boy behind.
A Guardia Civil patrol took charge of the child and a French-speaking officer managed to get the full story.
Unfortunately, the boy could not remember the telephone number or vehicle registration of his parents.
However, Guardia Civil managed to trace the boy’s parents and inform them what had happened. By this time they were near Madrid, more than 200 kilometres away and still had not realised their child was missing. They turned round and returned to Burgos to pick up the boy.
Guardia Civil say the was very grateful for the “love and support” he received to the extent that he has since written them an emotional letter of thanks with a drawing.